Spelling the long vowel sound /ī/: i-e, igh, y, ie

Rule Breakers - these words break spelling rules

The -ind words use just i use to spell the long /ī/ sound:
bind Use this tape to bind round the broken chair leg.
blind The baby was born blind and deaf.
find Fred can never find his car keys.
grind To grind pepper, use a pepper mill.
hind 1) A hind is a male deer
2) back: The horse reared up on its hind legs
kind 1) What kind of pizza would you like?
2) It's very kind of you to pay for mine.
mind 1) That's not what I had in mind.
2) Would you mind giving me a lift?
rind I grated some lemon rind to mix in the cake.
wind Wind the rope around the post.
Learning tip to help your spelling See how many -ind words you can get in one sentence.
For example:
The kind girl did not mind helping to find the blind man.
Can you beat 4 words?

The -ign words have i and a silent g to spell the long /ī/ sound:
sign Read the road signs to find your way.
design Do you like the design of this web site?
resign If I don't get more pay, I'll resign.
consign A consignment of goods was sent from the factory.
align To align means to match up alongside.
assign The spy was assigned to a far country.
ensign Another word for flag is ensign.
Learning tip to help your spelling To remember the silent g:
Think of similar words where you can hear the g sound.
For example:
1) A sign is a kind of signal
2) Put your signature on your design.
3) To resign from your job, hand in your resignation.
4) A malign tumour is malignant; a benign one is not malignant.

For more on silent letters, please see Unit 22.

These words all have an extra e:
height The tallest man was over eight feet in height
tyre My car has a flat tyre. (US tire)
lyre A lyre is an old musical intrument
rhyme Time, crime and chime all rhyme.
eye Two e's in eye - one for each eye!
dye Blue dye has come out of my jeans.

Some very odd words:
aisle The bride walked down the aisle of the church
aye 'Aye' is an old way of saying 'yes', still used in Scotland.

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Homophones for long /ī/ words.

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